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The Founder Institute's mission is to empower talented and motivated people to build impactful companies that create one million jobs. This includes talented and motivated people of all backgrounds, and as such, we are committed to narrowing the gender gap in high-tech startups.

Since launching in 2009, we have graduated over 1,500 female-led businsses across six continents.

These Graduates employ thousands of people, have raised over $65 Million in financing, and are building products people love all across the globe. Some highlights include Realty Mogul, Feetz, Wedding Party (acquired by Instacart), Tapgenes, Skimble, Kindara, Enerknol, Rushtix, Cashtivity, Thesis Couture, 2RedBeans, GreenKidCrafts, and many more.

Through the Female Founder Fellowship program, all women across the globe can apply to the Founder Institute for free below, and the top technical female applicant in each of our 200+ cities will receive free access to our idea-stage accelerator program, office hours with a top female entrepreneur, and other free resources to help them build a startup.

This is not about providing special treatment - the majority of applicants to the Founder Institute do not get accepted, and this will always be the case because we employ a quantitative Predictive Admissions Assessment in our application process. This test was specifically designed, and is constantly calibrated, to identify entrepreneurial personality traits and remove all forms of subjective bias. The Female Founder Fellowship program is simply designed to inspire and grow the number of female applicants to our program, which will ultimately lead to more female-founded technology companies across the globe.

Build a Company with the Founder Institute

The Founder Institute is the world’s premier idea-stage accelerator and startup launch program. Through a challenging and rigorous curriculum, we provide aspiring entrepreneurs with the structure, training, mentor feedback, global network, and lifetime of support needed to start an enduring company. 

Leaders of the world’s fastest-growing startups have used our program to transition from employee to entrepreneur, test their startup ideas, build a team, get their first customers, raise funding, and more.

Who Should Apply?

The Founder Institute focuses on founders instead of ideas. If you are talented and motivated to do the work required to build an enduring tech or tech-enabled company, then we want to hear from you. This includes aspiring founders with a full-time job, solo founders, teams, and founders of established companies that are pre-funding.

What to Expect?

To qualify for the Female Founder Fellowship for the Washington DC Virtual 2020 Founder Institute, you must complete your application below before the Early Admissions Deadline (2020-07-19). 

After completing the application below, you will be invited to take our Predictive Admissions Assessment, which is our main criteria for evaluating applicants. If you would like to learn more about our Admissions Process and review criteria, visit

The recipient of the Fellowship will be notified within one week after the Early Deadline. 

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If you want to learn more, our Overview page is a good place to start.


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